A Message from Helen Burland, Executive Director

You Lifted Us Up

“It’s going to require patience, flexibility, and a lot of creativity.” Looking back on the past year, all three of these qualities came into play. But most importantly, we had the power of community supporting us and propelling us forward, evident each day in the joy we saw in the students and young adults of Saint Catherine Center.

We showed great resilience as we implemented a re-opening plan that launched summer school 2020 for Academy students and a staggered re-entry for our adult participants. Excitement resonated throughout the building as friends and colleagues reconnected after months of separation and virtual programming.

The year was not without its challenges. We managed health concerns; we mourned the loss of one of our own; we supported virtually those who were unable to return in person. We missed the energy and talents of our volunteers. Because we were limited to onsite programming, we missed our activities and experiences in the community.

But we discovered untapped artistic creativity; we explored new places using technology; we celebrated simple joys in weekly prayer service, Zingo games, and raucous recesses. Reading with adult participants became a daily activity and exercise on the treadmill, bike, or power walking added social and recreational opportunities for everyone.

We are eternally grateful to you—our community of supporters, our families, our donors, and our staff. Collectively, you lifted us up and carried us through the year. As we move forward, we hold you in our hearts and look ahead with faith that we are stronger today because of the power of the Saint Catherine Center community. Thank you for sharing your strength with us.

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About Helen Burland

Helen Burland, Executive Director, joined Saint Catherine Academy and Center in 2008. She is a graduate of Fairfield University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Previously she was the Town Administrator for the Town of Madison. She served 8 years on the Madison Board of Education, including three years as Vice Chairman, and served as Chair of the Board of Finance. Helen has also served on the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions Board at Fairfield University.